new album released Sept 29th
Brand New Eyes
from the album - Ignorance
YouTube - Paramore Ignorance Official Music Video HD
Paramore is a Grammy-nominated American rock band that formed in Franklin, Tennessee in 2004 consisting of Hayley Williams (lead vocals), Josh Farro (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jeremy Davis (bass guitar), Zac Farro (drums), and Taylor York (rhythm guitar). The group released their debut album All We Know Is Falling in 2005, second album, Riot! in 2007, which was certified platinum in the US and gold in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Brand New Eyes, Paramore's third album, is set to be released on September 29, 2009.
Paramore's music has generally been regarded as "emo", "pop punk", and "alternative rock". Joshua Martin had written after an interview with Williams, "The band isn't just a short pop-punk girl with red hair and a spunky attitude. Their music is like them, it's aged differently. It's sped up, and slowed down. It's emo without being whiney, or bratty. Almost a very literal anti-Avril Lavigne." Alternative Press magazine had commented that the band was "young sounding", while consistently being "honest." Paramore's first album All We Know is Falling had an arguably more "formulaic pop-punk" sound that was "delivered particularly well" and the combination of the two had created a "refined rock infused pop/punk album." The band's second release, Riot! was said to explore a 'diverse range of styles," however, not straying far from "their signature sound."
Alternative Press and various other reviewers have noted that the band's stage performances have helped boost them to larger fame. Alternative Press states that Williams "has more charisma than singers twice her age, and her band aren't far behind in their chops, either." Singer-songwriter John Mayer had praised Williams' voice in a blog in October 2007, calling her "The great orange hope"; "orange" in reference to her hair color. Due to the female fronted aspect of the band, Paramore has gained comparisons to Kelly Clarkson and the aforementioned Avril Lavigne, to which one reviewer said was "sorely unfounded." Reviewer Jonathan Bradley noted that "Paramore attacks its music with infectious enthusiasm." However, he also explained that "there isn't a whole lot of difference between Riot! and the songs from Kelly Clarkson or Avril Lavigne." A reviewer at NME had likened Paramore's sound to that of "No Doubt (stripped of all the ska bollocks)" and "Kelly Clarkson's wildest dreams." Williams has gone on to comment about the female aspect of the band saying that Paramore is not "this girl-fronted band" and it makes "music for people to enjoy music, not so people can talk about my sexuality."
Paramore has expressed appreciation for Blink-182, Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World, mewithoutYou, and Sunny Day Real Estate,; Williams citing her personal influences as Robert Smith of The Cure and Etta James. Williams explained that bands such as U2, "who are massive, and do whatever they want, write whatever they want and they stand for something," Jimmy Eat World, "who I donít think ever disappoint their fans," and No Doubt, who "have done amazing things," act as a pattern for the path in which Paramore would like to take their career.
In an interview with the BBC, Josh Farro stated "Our faith is very important to us. It's obviously going to come out in our music because if someone believes something, then their worldview is going to come out in anything they do. But we're not out here to preach to kids, we're out here because we love music."
Brand New Eyes (styled as brand new eyes) is the third studio album by American rock band Paramore, released through Fueled by Ramen on September 29, 2009 in the United States and Canada. The album was produced by Rob Cavallo and recorded in the Hidden Hills of California from January to March, 2009.
The first single from the album was "Ignorance", which was made available via digital download on July 7, on the same date the album became available for pre-order on Paramore's official website. "Brick by Boring Brick" is expected to be the second single from the album, with "The Only Exception" to follow as the third single. "Brick by Boring Brick" also references the album's cover, in the lyric "The angles were all wrong Now she's ripping wings off of butterflies"
Two versions of the album will be available; a standard CD edition as well as a deluxe package which has sold out in the United States. The deluxe will include the album on CD, a 40-page hardcover journal, Hayley Williams' handwritten lyrics and notes on the album, a colour vinyl 7" single with two acoustic songs and a DVD featuring an exclusive 'making-of' documentary. The CD will also be one of the first to use iTunes LP. Paramore has also released a preview pack for the tour to download for free on their site which includes an acoustic performance of "Ignorance", and songs from Paper Route and The Swellers.
album review from all music guide
With 2007's Riot!, Paramore proved that pop hooks and a killer set of pipes can still vault a band to platinum status, economic downturn be damned. Success comes with a price, though, and Paramore struggled as media outlets reserved most of their coverage for Hayley Williams, deemed by many to be the group's leader. Rather than calling it quits, the musicians sought therapy in the studio, where tales of self-doubt and frustration were captured on tape by mega-producer Rob Cavallo. The anthemic, celebratory songs that made Riot! so appealing were largely absent, but the band found a new way to rock during those sessions, prizing catharsis and nuanced arrangements above the hooks of albums past. Released in late 2009, Brand New Eyes presents Paramore as a stronger, leaner, and altogether more consistent band. "Careful" and "Ignorance" are two of the group's most aggressive tunes to date, and the rest of the disc follows suit, with the guitar interplay of Josh Farro and Taylor York (who makes his studio debut here, having joined the lineup after Riot! was recorded) receiving much of the spotlight. Drummer Zac Farro anchors the band with a flurry of snare hits and cymbal crashes, but the true MVP is none other than Ms. Williams, who sings with all the gusto of an angsty, 21st century Ann Wilson. She's fun, fiery, and altogether fantastic, a pint-sized powerhouse who attacks everyone from holier-than-thou naysayers ("Playing God") to egocentric space cadets ("Brick by Boring Brick"). Williams also tones down the sonic assault whenever it's appropriate, offering a beautifully understated vocal during the album's centerpiece ballad, "The Only Exception," and championing the band's longevity during songs like "Where the Lines Overlap" and "Looking Up." "God knows the world doesn't need another band," she sings during the latter track, "but what a waste it would have been...I can't believe we almost hung it up. We're just getting started." Riot! explored similar thoughts with its closing track, "Born for This," but "Looking Up" is made all the more convincing by the band's recent turmoil. Accordingly, Brand New Eyes is the band's most credible album to date, a blend of melody and muscle that packs a punch in spite of its tumultuous origin.
1. "Careful" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro 3:50
2. "Ignorance" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro 3:38
3. "Playing God" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, Taylor York 3:02
4. "Brick By Boring Brick" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro 4:13
5. "Turn It Off" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro 4:19
6. "The Only Exception" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro 4:27
7. "Feeling Sorry" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, Taylor York 3:05
8. "Looking Up" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro 3:29
9. "Where the Lines Overlap" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro 3:18
10. "Misguided Ghosts" Hayley Williams, Josh Farro, Taylor York 3:01
11. "All I Wanted"